In a board meeting Tuesday, the NTSB pinned the blame for the March 2009 fatal crash of a Pilatus PC-12 in Butte, Mont., on the actions of the pilot.
Honeywell (Stand 7044/7052) has introduced its mechanical protection plan, an extended repair and replacement program, for select Gulfstream and Pilatus models. The program provides coverage for mechanical parts for the environmental control systems and cabin pressure control systems of the Gulfstream G350/400/450/500/550/GIV/GIV-SP/V and the Pilatus PC-12 and PC-12NG.
Honeywell’s latest version of its Primus Apex integrated flight deck–Build 7–offers new functions and options for operators, which the company demonstrated at EBACE in a flight on a Pilatus PC-12NG, one of the aircraft models featuring the avionics suite. The Primus Apex is a derivative of the Primus Epic fight deck that Morristown, New Jersey-based Honeywell developed for large cabin business jets, optimized for single-pilot operations.
Pilatus is developing a new civil aircraft that has been designated the PC-24, according to its 2010 annual report. Not much is known about the new model, including whether it’s a turboprop or jet, and the Swiss manufacturer won’t reveal more until next year. If financial numbers are any indication, research and development spending grew by 20 percent between 2009 and 2010, to CHF49 million ($55 million).
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), who is likely to face a tough re-election race next year, is selling the share of a Pilatus PC-12 she and her husband own following disclosure that they owed more than $287,000 in property taxes on the single-engine turboprop. She has since paid the taxes.
Pilatus Business Aircraft is now delivering new PC-12 NG turboprop singles with an Apple iPad containing delivery documents, owner’s manuals and aviation apps, the latter including ForeFlight and MyRadar Pro. The company claims it is the world’s first aircraft manufacturer to offer such a program to customers.
Argus International (Booth No. 3106), the Cincinnati-based safety auditing company, announced at Heli-Expo 2011 that two of its subsidiaries recently signed agreements.
The L-3 Avionics Trilogy electronic standby instrument has been selected by Piper Aircraft and Pilatus as standard equipment on the new PiperJet and PC-12 NG, respectively, and as a component of the Sierra Industries G501SP digital avionics upgrade for the Cessna Citation 501. The 3-ATI backup indicator, which operates independently of other aircraft systems, is on display at the L-3 Avionics booth (No. 4308).
Pilatus PC-12, Colonie, N.Y., July 16, 2010–The turboprop single, operated by Alpha Flying PlaneSense on a flight from Chicago Executive Airport to Westchester County Airport, was forced to make an emergency landing at Albany International Airport when its engine failed 12 miles south of the airport. The two-person flight crew was able to glide the PC-12 to the airport and make a successful power-off landing.
At EAA AirVenture last month, Pilatus Business Aircraft president Thomas Bosshard would not elaborate on speculation about any plans to develop a new business aircraft other than to say "we are looking at several things." He discounted any anticipated announcement at the NBAA Convention next month as "premature." He also said the recent move to purchase PC-12 fuselages and wings from Poland's PZL Swidnik is to add a "secondary supplier" for th